Irish Homestead

The Irish Homestead was the weekly publication of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society (IAOS). It was founded in 1895 by Horace Plunkett.[1]

Irish Homestead
Irish Homestead.png
Front page, 9 January 1904
Categoriesagriculture, country living, self-help
First issue1895
Final issue1918 (amalgamated with the Irish Statesman)
Based inDublin


The aim of the paper was to publicise and propagate the objectives of the IAOS, which set up dairy co-operative societies and co-operative banks, and introduced co-operation among Irish farmers by proving the benefits obtainable through more economical and efficient management. Its headquarters were initially in the IAOS building in Dublin, 84 Merrion Square. The newspaper's first editor was Thomas A. Finlay, followed by T. P. Gill and H. F. Norman. In 1905, George William Russell became editor. A major contributor of articles and essays was Susan L. Mitchell, who became assistant editor.[2] It was the first publication to publish James Joyce, with his short story "The Sisters" in 1904.

It ceased publication in 1918, but was afterwards revived in October 1921. In 1923 it was amalgamated with the Irish Statesman, and in this format it continued, under the editorship of George William Russell, until 1930.[3]

Further readingEdit

  • Summerfield (ed.), Henry (1978). Selections from the Contributions to "The Irish Homestead" v.1 (Vol 1). Colin Smythe Ltd. ISBN 0-901072-41-9.
  • Summerfield (ed.), Henry (1978). Selections from the Contributions to "The Irish Homestead" v.2 (Vol 2). Colin Smythe Ltd. ISBN 0-901072-42-7.

References and sourcesEdit


  1. ^ Maud Gonne, The Gonne-Yeats Letters, 1893-1938 (Syracuse University Press, 1 Dec 1994), 65.
  2. ^ Gonzalez, Alexander G. (2006). Irish women writers: an A-to-Z guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 225. ISBN 0-313-32883-8.
  3. ^ Irish Times, 18 July 1935, p. 8


  • Barbara Hayley and Enda McKay (ed.), Three Hundred Years of Irish Periodicals, Dublin : Lilliput Press, 1987